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BioLife Solutions, Tissue Transformation Technologies sign agreement

BioLife Solutions, Tissue Transformation Technologies sign agreement BioLife Solutions, Inc., Binghamton, NY, announced it has signed a multi-year research and development agreement with Tissue Transformation Technologies (T-Cubed), Edison, NJ, a processor, marketer and distributor of human tissues and cells from non-transplantable organs. Under terms of the agreement, BioLife says it will work with T-Cubed to […]

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Mouse stem cells yield skin in the lab

Mouse stem cells yield skin in the lab French scientists have successfully coaxed stem cells from mouse embryos to morph into skin cells, a finding they hope could lead to a new source of replacement skin for burn victims and others. In the lab, the skin cells organized to form epidermis, the top layer of […]

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Group seeks ruling from World Court to outlaw human cloning

Group seeks ruling from World Court to outlaw human cloning A group of scientists, doctors, and legal experts asked the United Nations to seek an advisory opinion from the World Court declaring human cloning to be a “crime against humanity.” “The World Court is the ultimate authority on international law, and [its] opinion…would bring a […]

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ViroPharma granted fast track status by FDA for new hepatitis C virus infection treatment

ViroPharma granted fast track status by FDA for new hepatitis C virus infection treatment ViroPharma, Inc., Exton, PA, announced the FDA has granted fast track designation for HCV-796 for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). The company says VCV-796 is a unique orally dosed non-nucleoside hepatitis C viral polymerase inhibitor that interferes with […]

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Significant events in the history of cloning

Significant events in the history of cloning 1952 – Scientists demonstrate they can remove the nucleus from a frog egg, replace it with the nucleus of an embryonic frog cell, and get the egg to develop into a tadpole. The nuclear transfer results in transplanting an animal’s genes into an egg. The tadpole is a […]

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Disclosing information about patients waiting for transplant may encourage donation, study finds

Disclosing information about patients waiting for transplant may encourage donation, study finds Disclosing anonymous information about patients awaiting transplants may encourage people to donate their organs or those of a recently deceased family member, according to the results of a study of college students. These findings could lead to better ways of educating people about […]

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Therapeutic cloning partially corrects immune system defect in mice

Therapeutic cloning partially corrects immune system defect in mice For the first time, scientists have successfully combined embryonic cloning with gene therapy to partially correct an immune system defect in mice, according to 2 reports in the online edition of Cell. Drs. Rudolf Jaenisch and George Dailey from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in […]

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BioChem Pharma received FDA approval of Epivir-HBV as first oral treatment for chronic hepatitis B patients

BioChem Pharma received FDA approval of Epivir-HBV as first oral treatment for chronic hepatitis B patients BioChem Pharma, Inc., Laval, Quebec, Canada, announced the FDA has approved Epivir-HBV (lamivudine) tablets and oral solution as the first oral, antiviral medication for the treatment of adults with chronic hepatitis B associated with evidence of hepatitis B viral […]

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Philippine Medical Tourism Program attracting foreigners to get kidney transplants

Philippine Medical Tourism Program attracting foreigners to get kidney transplants The Philippine Medical Tourism Program, started two years ago to cash in on the growing number of patients worldwide traveling to get cheaper medical treatments, is steadily growing, according to a Philippine news service. According to Undersecretary Jade del Mundo, head of the Philippine Department […]

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Split liver transplant guidelines developed by UNOS/OPTN ethics panel

Split liver transplant guidelines developed by UNOS/OPTN ethics panel Responding to the steady increase in US transplant programs practicing split liver transplantation, the United Network for Organ Sharing/Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Ethics Committee has developed a set of voluntary guidelines for programs to follow. “One of the paramount responsibilities of transplant surgeons is to […]